San Jose restaurant, Marisco’s San Juan 3, that was linked to a massive outbreak of Shigella that sickened nearly 200 people has been given the all-clear to reopen, officials announced Thursday.
The Department of Environmental Health inspected Thursday Marisco’s San Juan 3, a Fourth Street restaurant that was shuttered Oct. 18 after county public health officials began linking an influx of Shigella cases to restaurant patrons.
According to county officials, the restaurant’s owners threw away all food products on site, cleaned and sanitized the restaurant and retrained all employees on how to properly handle food. All but one employee tested negative for Shigella. Those who tested negative are cleared to return to work.
Health officials determined an outbreak of Shigella, a contagious diarrheal illness, was connected to the restaurant at 205 N. Fourth St. that caused 194 people to get sick. Health officials said the exact source of the outbreak may never be identified.
Of the 94 people who have confirmed cases of Shigella, 74 are in Santa Clara County. The remaining cases were found in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Marin and Merced counties, public health officials stated.
Three San Jose men who ate at the restaurant and came down with Shigella have filed lawsuits in Santa Clara County Superior Court, according to their attorneys at the firms Rains Lucia Stern, PC, in San Francisco, and Marler Clark in Seattle, Washington.